By the year 2000, most Americans will be online one way or another.
More Quotes from Nicholas Negroponte:Children are the greatest natural resource of any country, and educating these children is at the root of solving our largest and most complex problems. Yet the best education may not come from sitting in a traditional classroom, but rather through independent interaction and exploration. The development of a 100 laptop will now make this possible for all kids -- especially those in developing nations.
The idea is to have it play many roles so that the child takes it home, uses it for play, study. The whole theory is that learning is seamless, it's not something you just do at school.
Kids will drive this, ... There's no 16-year-old that's not digital. When someone's kids go to college, parents sign up on America Online to send E-mail to their kids.
So when we make this available, it is an education project, not a laptop project. The digital divide is a learning divide - digital is the means through which children learn leaning. This is, we believe, the way to do it.
Red Hat's experience and core strategy of open collaboration made them a natural fit with this project. Open source and Linux will both reach and engage people in the rest of the world.
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